Friday, June 20, 2008

Delays Can Be a Good Thing

Greetings!

Yesterday morning I took a long walk down a road I haven't walked before. There is a beautiful log home setting on top of a small mountain overlooking the valley and I wanted to take some pictures. It was probably a good two miles, but I love to walk, especially out in the country. The views are just breath-taking. After I got my pictures, I started to walk further down the road when I lost my footing and fell; first onto my knees, then my wrist, and then onto my face. After I realized I was really okay (as compared to not), I got up and surveyed the damage. My right knee was skinned up pretty good, my wrist hurt, and at first, I thought I had broken my nose. Fortunately, I had on my sunglasses, which I know saved my eyes. I was able to walk, so I started my long trek back home. I'm a little sore and bruised up, but thank goodness, nothing serious.

On the way back home, I wondered why this had happened. Before I left my house, I had gotten myself into a negative frame of mind, which is why I wanted to get back out to nature and get a good dose of her beauty and energy. (I can usually keep myself pretty positive and optimist, but even I have my moments.) Nature can always lift me back up. Did my negative thoughts as I left the house cause me to fall? Or, was someone or something protecting me from something really bad happening further down the road? It wasn't the safest road to walk on, but I always take precautions and get as far off the road as I can when a car comes in either direction. Or did it just happen to happen? I don't know right now, but one thing I learned is that sometimes things happen to protect us.

A good example: Several years ago, I was getting ready to leave work and I got delayed and had to stay about 15 minutes extra. On the way home, I decided at the last minute to stop and get my car washed. Then I think I hit every light in town. I lived on a mountain and the road was considered the most dangerous road in the county. As I got half-way up the mountain, a police officer had traffic stopped and it was going to be awhile. There had been an accident up a ways and they were turning people around. I had to drive for miles to take the detour back home. What I found out later was the accident was just near where I turned off to go home and that a three year old child had died. The accident happened about the exact same time that I would have been going around that curve. Now, did the delay save my life? Did it keep me from seeing something really horrible? I don't know how I could have dealt with seeing a dead child. Or blood. Or someone's life ripped apart.

I now know that whenever I have a delay, or have to wait in a line or at a traffic light, or maybe a flight is delayed, I have to work late, etc., to know that there may be a bigger picture here and that the Universe is actually saving me from something horrible. OR, timing it up so that I can meet up with something or someone really wonderful!

No matter where we go or what we do, we'll always have to wait. If you time it, it really isn't that long. Besides, my attitude, it's not cancer, it's not war, I have my health, I live in the wonderful country of America...what's waiting a few minutes? I've told people in line this, too, and they were amazed at my attitude! And it really helped the clerk who was trying to do the best he/she could.

So, the next time you find yourself being delayed for whatever reason, try to trust and believe that there is a bigger picture. And bless the moment.

Love and Laughter,

Kalina :)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Serendipity

Serendipity sure has a way of showing up in our lives. The trick is to notice them. Lately, it seems that the Universe is shooting them at me in quick succession.

A couple of weeks ago, I was four months into a new job at a college campus. I liked the job itself, though it was challenging, but my manager was even more challenging to the point that I didn't know if I wanted to stay or not. One day, I was walking to another building, enjoying the day, and I started thinking, "I really enjoy working at this college. But I really need to start seriously thinking about my motivational speaking career. That means I'm going to have to start thinking about what to do about this job, which I really need to get out of anyway." Several hours later, I lost my job! I could only look to the heavens and say, "Well, I didn't mean todaaaay!"

It's as if the Universe (God, Great Spirit, whatever name you choose; just different names for the same entity) was saying, "Karen, how many opportunities do you need to get your motivational speaking career started and your motivational book written?" Me: "Well, how many can I have?" Grin.

The serendipity was that I had seen a quick snippet of a commercial for a TV show coming on which had one of my favorite actors, Eric Roberts on it. I didn't catch when it was, so I started searching the programs on my DirecTV to see if I could find it. I came across a current show, one of my all-time favorites, "Touched By An Angel," so I stopped to watch the rest of it. Guess who was the actor in the featured role? Eric Roberts!

The next one happened when we had a guest speaker at Unity and he had brought his wife, whom I had met a couple of times at the college, but it seems every time we meet again, we go through the "I know I know you from somewhere" thing. Her name is Leslie, so I thought of a word association to remember it. (Isn't it interesting how we can remember the word association, but not the word/name itself?) I knew another lady at a previous job a couple of years ago, hadn't seen or talked to her since, and her name was Leslie. After the service, I stopped at Wal-Mart, and guess who I ran into? Leslie from my previous job.

The one that just happened today wasn't pleasant for me, but it happened just the same. I had stopped to visit a log home model (my dream home) and one of the salesman told me about a large log home just up the road from where I lived. I had yet to drive up that way, so I thought I'd drive up and see it. On the way, there was a dead deer on the side of the road (I'm an animaltarian, so this always upsets me), and the development just over the hill is called "Deerhaven!"

Oh, just thought of one more. A notebook fell off my bed and a piece of paper fell out. It was from a fortune cookie and read, "Soon you will be sitting on top of the world." Coincidence? I think not.

I've really been working hard at getting my thinking geared towards what I desire to have in my life. It's called manifesting and it's really popular right now. But there's so much more to it than just wishing for a car, and then poof, there it is. I think I might just be getting a handle on it.

For a really good website about manifesting, please check out "Magnetizing Your Hearts Desires" by Sharon Warren. I read her book and it takes you beyond "The Secret." It can be found at: http://www.magnetizingyourheartsdesire.com/

I'm so exciting about what's coming my way. I'm expecting good things, too. Till next time...

Love and Laughter, Kalina

Saturday, June 14, 2008

World in Chaos, Or Is It?

My goodness.... What on earth is going on in the world? Seems like everywhere you look, people are in chaos. Floods, tornados, earthquakes, droughts, and war! What are we coming to?

I'd like to add another perspective. What if we are on the verge of a very huge and wonderful spiritual awakening? You have to admit, SOMEthing is happening around the globe! Right now, it seems like it's all negative and horrible. Which on one hand, it is. On the other.... Try thinking about this. I really believe that catastrophic events happen to remind us as human beings how much we really are a part of each other. Think about 9/11 and Katrina. Horrible, horrible events; yes. But I also saw people from all over the world, all walks of life, all professions, ages, religions, nationalities and colors coming together to help one another. No questions asked. People just being there for each other and for our animal brothers and sisters.

Also think about this.... When everything is just hunky-dory in our lives, we tend to focus back on our own lives, our own issues, and we forget about those around us. True? I mean, really think about this.

Does God make this happen? No. He/she gave we humans the gift of choice. We can choose to be selfish and only take care of ourselves, or we can reach out and help someone in need. We complain about hunger, but how many strangers do WE feed? We complain about child abuse, but how many children who are hurting do we help? We complain about diseases and illnesses, especially when it comes to children, but we continue to use toxins in our homes and on our planet that we know are not good for us. We put them in our foods and eat them anyway!!! Is God making us do those things?

We should really think about our purpose in this life and on this planet. This is the only planet we have. We can focus on the negative and not do a thing to help, or we can focus on the positive and do whatever we can to make life a little easier for others. Sometimes it can be as simple as offering a smile or kind word to someone, pick up trash that you find on the streets, send a card to someone whether you know them or not, and just send out blessings to all those around us and to our planet. Yes, it can be that simple.

"But, Kalina, I have so many problems of my own," you say. So do I. But I have a choice. I can choose to focus on the negative and make myself and everyone around me miserable and unhappy. Or I can focus on the positive, and be/act happy in spite of everything going on around me. I can count my blessings. (If you can't think of any, can you walk, talk, see, hear? Start with the basics and build from there.) Can you imagine what could happen if we all did the latter? We could change the world!

Therefore, my friends, really think, and think hard, of our purpose in this life as we relate to those around us. Reach out and help someone in need. Bless everyone and everything (whether you like them or not). And make the choice of love.